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Gregory & Tina Marie's Love Story
Love, Joy & Peace
What Is Love ?

Love is patient and kind;
Love doesn’t envy, boast, or dishonor others;
Love is not proud or self-seeking;
Love is not easily angered, doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, and doesn’t delight in evil; rather,
Love rejoices with the truth;
Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres;
Love never fails

1 Corinthians 13:4–8 (ESV)

If you would like to read more on what the Bible has to say about Love, please check out this website.

 

The Best Day of My Life
What Is Joy ?

Joy isn’t like happiness which is based upon happenings or whether things are going well or not. No, Joy remains even amidst the suffering. Joy is not happiness. Joy is an emotion that’s acquired by the anticipation, acquisition or even the expectation of something great or wonderful. It could be described as exhilaration, delight, sheer gladness, and can result from a great success or a very beautiful or wonderful experience like a wedding.

For Tina and myself, Joy was the day we realized that GOD had answered our hearts' true desire and crossed our paths. We had each tried many times to find love and joy outside of GOD's providence and failed miserably. Life is not easy nor smooth, but life can be full of Love and Joy when you place your trust in GOD's Word.

If you would like to read more on what the Bible has to say about Love, please check out this website.

What Is Peace ?

Peace can be defined as “tranquility, harmony, or security.” The word Peace is found 429 times in the King James Version of the Bible. There are different types of peace, including inner peace, peace with GOD and peace among man.

Peace in all of its various meanings, is very hard for those of this world to find because the Adversary started a war in Heaven that continues here on Earth to this very day.

To achieve Peace with one's self, with the Creator and with other men and women on this planet Earth, one has to find a source stronger than the Adversary that is creating so much discourse in our lives..

If you would like to read more on what the Bible has to say about Pease, please check out this website.

How Do You Receive Love, Joy & Peace ?

You do not necessarily receive blessings of Love, Joy or Peace automatically in your life just because you believe in GOD or even if you attend church on a regular basis. GOD has always worked through a covenant with His people. In the Old Testament GOD's promises required His people to observe a list of physical practices in the way they lived their daily lives. But no matter how many laws GOD's people tried to obey, they could not keep GOD in their daily lives and they fell away from truly worshiping and loving GOD.

The people then, as today, could not see their own sin in their daily lives. They thought they were good people and would always be GOD's chosen and inherit a kingdom because of it. But GOD saw that they were not following his laws in their hearts and were really only pleasing themselves.

Many Christians today believe in GOD and in Christ as their Savior, but are not receiving all the blessings and provision that GOD wants to give them because they don't see the sin in their daily lives and how it keeps them separated from His belessings for them. The reason for this is that they are not following Christ's command to pick up His cross and follow Him in the routine of their daily lives.

What Is Picking Up Your Cross ?

Christianity teaches that Christ was GOD in bodily form, yet Christ was obedient to GOD, the Father, even unto his own death. Christ had the personal power not to allow himself to be crucified on the cross, but he followed GOD's Will and carried his own cross to the place of his earthly death.

Even when we are saved and know that we are headed to Heaven and the spiritual kingdom of GOD's promise, we have to be obedient to GOD's Will just as Christ did. All too often we, as Christians, want to rely on GOD's promises of eternal life without living out the covenant that goes with His promise.

If you want to have a truly abundant life full of Love, Joy and the other promises of GOD then you MUST pick up your cross and attempt every day to live your life according to His Will and not our own.

If you want to read more of GOD's Word and what it means to pickup your cross and follow Christ's example, please check out this website.

How To We Follow Christ ?

The Hebrew people after they came out of Egypt had a column of smoke by day and a pillar of fire by night to physically see GOD's presence with them every day. Wherever the presence of GOD went, the Children of Israel followed. Once GOD's people reached the Promised Land, GOD dwelt in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle and the Temple.

When Christ started his ministry, he was there in physical form teaching and healing. But after his death, resurrection and ascension into Heaven, GOD poured out the Holy Spirit on all of the world. So for nearly 2,000 years, believers have had no tangible physical sign of GOD's presence in their daily. So how does the modern believer then follow GOD wherever He wants to lead us? We have to listen to the Holy Spirit.

If you want to read more of GOD's Word and what it means to pickup your cross and follow Christ's example, please check out this website.

How To Do We Hear The Holly Spirit ?

As we search the Bible, we will find that the Holy Spirit is the nature, power and essence of GOD. We learn that GOD never wanted a physical temple on a mountain top so that He could look down on His subjects. GOD intended from the beginning to dwell in the Temple not created with human hands. His desire has always been to dwell in our bodily temples with our spirit.

Christians who describe how GOD talks to them through the Holy Spirit describe everything from hearing what appears to be a human voice to just a sense of what they should do (a kind of intuition or 6th sense).

I have never heard an acutal voice, rather I sense what I should do at times when my mind is not cluttered with the distractions of this world. So I may sense GOD's will or intention when I wake up in the morning and have the solution to the problem I've been pondering. Other times it comes to me when I talking to GOD and praising him for all the good things in my life.

More often than not, GOD directs me every day by simply creating situations (opening doors) that I recognize as not of my doing. These Divine oportunites are much easier to see when one is older and has had many failures despite one's best planning. Giving GOD control means that there is no such thing as luck, coincidence, skill, or even a plan well executed ... it is blessing directly from our Creator..

Tina and I also have found that when we encounter resistance (doors being closed) that we do not forge ahead against all odds. Many Christians struggle against circumstances of their own creation and then claim that their problems are from the Adversary because they are doing GOD's work. But for me, a GOD that can part the Red Sea or bring down the walls of Jerico can certainly move any obstacle out of my way should it be His Will. And from my experience, the Adversary only has power if either GOD or I give it.

We would be interested in hearing how the Holly Spirit directs your life and what doors GOD has opened for your recently. To share your story wih us and allow us to praise him with you, please click on the Contact link to send us an email.

Love, Joy & Pease,
Greg & Tina Marie